How To: Cut a Shape To Create a Window Card

Birthday card with cut-out window

Yesterday's card featured a cut-out shape on the card front creating a "window" to the inside of the card. Framelits Dies make this super easy to do and come in various shapes and sizes! I used the Labels Collection Framelits by Stampin' Up! for this project.

Creating the window is easy, it's a simple matter of lining up the window with the stamped image inside the card. I thought you might enjoy a few tips how to do that easily without guessing or (worse) numerous failed attempts at proper placement.

Fancy cut-out shape

I designed this card to share in a small swap for our team meeting this month. Since I needed to make a dozen, I wanted the process to be accurate and quick. By creating my own template, I was able to crank out 12 of these in no time and the placement was perfect for each card.

For the template:

Stamp the image for the inside of the card first. Place a large sticky note over the image, lining up the edges of the sticky note with the card stock edges. Using a pencil, mark the sticky note roughly indicating where the image underneath lies. (You can lift up corners of the sticky note to peek below.)

Next, die-cut just the sticky note using the desired Framelit and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. Use the pencil marks as your guide where to place the Framelit on the sticky note.

Be sure to build the proper "sandwich" for Framelits: Multipurpose Platform (Tab 2), Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die, standard cutting pad.

Large sticky note template

Remove the center piece from the sticky note and set aside. The remaining piece (the negative die-cut) will be your template.

Aligned sticky note with framelit

Place the sticky note template on the front of the card, lining up the edges of the sticky note with the card stock edges. Place the framelit in the center of the template - it should nestle right in just like a puzzle piece. Run through the Big Shot using the same "sandwich" as before. You should now have a perfecly placed window for the inside image.

Framelits with Silver Glimmer Paper

To create the sparkly frame: Simply use the same "sandwich" as above with Silver Glimmer Paper and two Framelits nested.

I hope you found these tips helpful in creating a shaped window for your card.


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (W-127322, C-127324), Curly Cute (W-117014, C-120510)
Ink: Primrose Petals (126858), 2012-2014 In Color Collection Stampin' Write Markers (126856)
Paper: Basic Gray (121044), Whisper White (100730), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127819)
Accessories: Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (126844), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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